Rorate Caeli

Six years
Memento etiam, Domine...

Iam enim hiems transiit;
imber abiit, et recessit.
Flores apparuerunt in terra nostra;
tempus putationis advenit:
vox turturis audita est in terra nostra;
ficus protulit grossos suos;
vineæ florentes dederunt odorem suum.

The beautiful words of that great French hero of the Traditional Mass, Jean Madiran, who lived to see the miracle, remembering the names of some who died in the battlefield:
"For thirty seven years, a whole generation of militant Catholics, religious or lay members of the Militant Church (a generation reaching from 7 to 97 years of age) suffered, without giving in, openly defying the arbitrary interdict on the Traditional Mass. We think of our dead: Cardinal Ottaviani, Father Calmel, Father Raymond Dulac, Monsignor Renato Pozzi, Monsignor Lefebvre, Father Guérard. And, among the laymen: Cristina Campo, Luce Quenette, Louis Salleron, Eric de Saventhem. The pontifical goodwill is for them as a light breeze, which sweetly brings peace to their tombs. Wherever they are now, they do not need it anymore. But it is their memory amongst us which is appeased and elevated."
And also: Bishop Castro Mayer, Father Gamber, Michael Davies, Tito Casini, and so many, many others (priests, laymen and laywomen- God knows their names!), each of whom placed his own brick, large or small, in the great dam built for decades against the tumultuous tides of the late twentieth century. Thank you, thank you, thank you dearly! The heat of the battle has caused so much personal attrition, exaggerations, and misunderstandings... Yet, justice cannot be denied: gratitude is owed to those who did not live to see, on this earth, the glorious date of July 7, 2007.
Reposted - Adapted.


Beefy Levinson said...

I like to think of Summorum Pontificum as the Emancipation Proclamation for the TLM. It's a pity there are still so many bishops who want to enforce liturgical Jim Crow.

Angelo said...

Let us add to the list the late Cardinal Alfons Von Stickler and the still living Dr. Alice Von Hilderbrand, wife of the famous Dietrich Von Hilderbrand. She has been friends of many Popes and greatly supported and influenced them on the TLM. This saintly woman is not a friend of the Novus Ordo and was a good friend of soon to be St. John Paul ll and Pope Benedict XVl. May God Bless all the Saintly Priests who refused to follow the heresy of modernism, those who kept their Oath against it. I hope Rorate Caeli would place some articles of what Dr. Alice Von Hilderbrand has said about the Novus Ordo and why it was quickly accepted by many priests and Bishops.

Mornac said...

Certainly the late Walter Matt's name belongs on that list.

Gratias said...

New Catholic should be recognized as well. He has done so much to educate us since 2005. Thank you Rorate.

We now have to keep the EF that Benedict XVI restored.

Clayton Orr said...

Please look into what is happening in the Diocese of Little Rock regarding the Traditional Mass. I would be happy to share original documentation and additional information if you would contact me.

I have posted the basic idea of the situation on my blog at

Jacobi said...

The ancient Catholic Mass, or TLM, is now defined as one of two co-equal rite of the Western Catholic.

While the new Mass is in urgent need of a “Reform of the Reform”, it is essential that we re-establish the ancient Catholic Mass, as a normal Mass in our Churches.

It is up to priests, particularly young priests, to do so, and for right minded laity to support them. Remember that permission of a bishop is not required.

And, above all, let’s say the ancient Catholic Mass on Sunday morning at 11.00 or 11.30 am - not Thursday afternoon at 15.30pm, or whatever

Gratias said...

Clayton Orr: I read about how the bishop of Little Rock is closing in on the Latin Mass community at Eponymous Flower. It is scandalous behavior suppressing the EF mass. He counts donation envelopes The documents are amazing. Bishop Anthony Taylor is placing his own set of restrictions. Summorum Pontificum is not safe by any means. I hope Benedict has a long life as it is unlikely that Pope Francis would change this law of the church while he is alive.

Pulex said...

"... say the ancient Catholic Mass on Sunday morning at 11.00 or 11.30 am - not Thursday afternoon at 15.30pm ..."

Unfortunately, there is no such provision either in SP or in UE. Unless you have not a personal parish, you need a combination of a big 'coetus fidelium' and very willing parish priest to get pastoral 'prime time' in the Mass schedule.